One of the best parts of the evening was watching the boys try to help Laney with her new princess accessories. At one point, they were discussing what to do with something they hadn't seen before - a pair of clip-on earrings. Spencer thought they might slip into her hair and Owen thought maybe they clipped onto her clothes. With a little help they made sure she was all decked out.
I must admit the new pony did come in handy when I was working on her cake. She was trying to "help", so I suggested she have a pony party. She ran upstairs, collected her other ponies, came downstairs, lined them up and like a little girl with two older brothers said, "Ponies, start your engines!".
I finished her cake with no time to spare, but only after another disaster. Laney selected a Barbie cake for the birthday cake after falling in love with the ones she had seen at the grocery store. I baked the sour cream chocolate cake Thursday and in the evening I tried to put the barbie in the middle and, not having been a Barbie kind of girl, I had no idea Barbie had hips. When I tried to push her into the cake her hips split my top layer and sent me to "time out" once again. It was back to the mixer again and, no, I didn't throw this one. Fortunately I had bought a special Wilton doll just in case. The second doll worked perfectly and the cake was just what she wanted - pink, flowery and sparkly thanks to a little shimmer dust.